Posts Tagged ‘Ali Edwards’

Our GIS CT assignment: Make a page on which the entire grouping of elements is placed at a noticeable tilt from straight up. (With a link to this Pinterest board for initial inspiration.) Here’s my result (and results from other CT members):


Friends Have Made the Stories of My Life by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Stay Tuned Kit by One Little Bird Designs; Shine On Kit by Designer Digitals; Thank You Friend Hand Drawn Brushes by Ali Edwards; Glittery Neutral Alpha by Libby Pritchett; Marcelle Font; StamPETE font.

I knew that I wanted to go with a standard grid layout, so I started by placing the first photo frame and then pressing “Shift” while I tilted it anti-clockwise to an angle that I liked. Holding down shift makes it tilt in even increments of 15 degrees. I then built the rest of the layout from there. The quote came from something I saw in a store in Baltimore over a year ago. When I saw it I immediately wrote it down because it captures my feelings perfectly about friendships.

After submitting my assignment I actually made a small change to the layout by making the grid a little “off kilter.” When I bumped the bottom row over, though, it created some empty space so I added in the colored chevron stamp again. It was inspired by this page that I pinned on Pinterest by Celeste Smith (who also happens to be on the GIS CT). 


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Another layout I made from the inspiration for week 1 of “Hello Story” by Ali Edwards at Big Picture Classes.com:


Kilimanjaro Timeline by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Haunted Woodlands Solid Paper Pack, Pattern Mix Happy Boy Paper Pack, Water Chevrons No 1, Assorted Messy Stitches White No 4, Powder Mountain Element Pack, Day Out Element Pack, Astro Element Pack, Be Buttoned: Energy, Assorted Patterned Tapes: December No 1, Doodle Block Alpha No 3, Almost There Element Pack, Classic Curled Photo Frames No 1 by Katie Pertiet; These Walls Kit by One Little Bird Designs. 

Once again I followed the inspiration pretty closely and this is a subject that I’ve had on my “to do” list for over a year. The biggest changes I made were 1) to have a mix of portrait and landscape photos, 2) use buttons instead of stars as embellishments and 3) to use a big font for the title of each section in alternating colors (taken from the bright colors of our jackets in the photos I used.) When I came back last year from climbing Kilimanjaro I was really into pocket scrapbooking/Project Life-style pages so I created a 4×6 title card for each day with the expectation of creating a pocket page for each day. That just never came about, although I’ve had the title cards in my “Layouts in Progress” folder on my computer this whole time. I was cleaning up that folder and realized that it would be a perfect subject for a timeline story. Then I realized that one of the projects that Ali created would work perfectly.



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I’m signed up for a class by Ali Edwards at Big Picture Classes called “Hello Story” that started this week. The class will be 12 weeks long and cover 12 different story telling devices. This week’s topic was “timeline.” I was inspired by one of the projects that Ali created as an example that I went into PSE and recreated it almost exactly:



Hello Roadtrip by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Away We Go Solids, Surf Lagoon Element Pack, So Fine Element Pack, Away We Go Element Pack, Almost There Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Dotted & Dashed Frames by Cathy Zielske; Going Places Kit by One Little Bird and The Ardent Sparrow.

When I saw the inspiration I knew immediately what photos I wanted to use because I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do an overview of this road trip that I took with my family in April. It worked perfectly because we stopped at four different sites – Goblin Valley, Arches National Park, Monument Valley & the Grand Canyon – and there were four spaces for photos. The whole layout is basically an exact copy of Ali’s: the number of “slices” in the circle, the slices being cut into three horizontal pieces, the san-serif font labeling each photo, the wood veneer geotags, the journaling around the outside of the circle. She even scrapped travel photos, but used a collection of photos from trips across multiple years while I used photos from one trip. So the only thing that I really did differently was to add the little cluster in the middle.


It took quite a bit of trial and error to figure out how to create all the pieces, line them up, shadow them correctly and to arch the lettering but I learned a lot along the way. The biggest tip that I learned is that in PSE if you hold down Option (or Alt in Windows) while drawing a shape it draws it from the center rather than from the corner, as usual. This made it a lot easier to get the lettering arched correctly (the smaller words like Valley and Canyon) because I could draw the Text in a Shape tool from the middle until it lined up with the circle I was writing on.

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This week I was able to get my hands on a bunch of photos taken during our Urinetown performances last weekend. (BIG thanks to our friend Diego who took really great photos!) I have this thing where if I have a lot of photos from an event that I always feel compelled to use them ALL but I also always have smaller stories that don’t require lots of photos to tell. For example, when I traveled to Morocco with my sister in 2010 we took thousands of photos and I loved A LOT of them, but didn’t always have a good reason to use them. In that case I created a photo book with no journaling or anything just to display the photos. Then, once that was done, I felt I could go back and just document whatever smaller things came to mind about the trip – like our favorite pizza place in Fes.

The same was true with all the photos from Urinetown. I have several smaller stories I want to document – my favorite moments, what it was like to perform my first solo in public, etc – but also wanted to give a good overview with the photos I loved. Fortunately I came across this layout by fellow GIS Creative Team member Marcia Fortunato that she shared for a recent Office Hours for Masterful Scrapbook Design. When I saw it I immediately pinned it on Pinterest so that I could go back and scraplift it. Here’s how it turned out:


Supplies | Katie Pertiet: Classic Cardstock: Cleansing, Cut Ups: Photography, So Fine Element Pack, Cut Ups: Springtime, So Fine Linen Buttons, Colorful Tabs; Ali Edwards: This One Brushes & Stamps; Gennifer Bursett: Elemental: Snippy Alphas; One Little Bird and The Ardent Sparrow: Going Places Kit; One Little Bird Designs: Dayplanner Kit, Corn Maze Kit

One thing that I especially loved about the design was the combination of portrait and horizontal oriented photos together. Whenever I have a lot of photos I always feel compelled to display them in the same orientation (ie all horizontal). I also really like the tilt of the photos and thought it gave the whole layout a strong visual interest.

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When I was in Utah between Grandma’s birthday and my sister’s baby shower I got an email from Amy Kingsford at Get It Scrapped asking me to be on their 2013/14 creative team. There may or may not have been a series of squeals after I read the email. 😉 This will be my first creative team & I was sooo excited to be asked. It came totally out of the blue! Get It Scrapped is a website that I’ve been following for a long time now but that I have really come to appreciate through the Guided Study Critique Workshop, my subscription to Masterful Scrapbook Designs and most recently the Scrapbook Coach series.

To celebrate the announcement of the team we’re having a blog hop to introduce everyone. So, to anyone new to my site, hello! I am so thrilled to be on a team with so many talented ladies. There are several women who were in my critique workshops and also several women I’ve admired for awhile on the team. Let’s just say I’m in good company. 😉

Pick a Favorite Article from Get It Scrapped

For the blog hop we were asked to identify one of our favorite articles at Get It Scrapped and create a layout inspired by it. I chose Ideas for Telling Stories on Scrapbook Pages without Photos because I’ve had a photo-less layout idea on my “to do” list but have never actually created a non-photo layout. The article was just the inspiration I needed to finally check that off the list. (Yes I have a “to do” list of scrapbook pages. When you get to know me better you won’t be surprised.) Here’s what I came up with:


Supplies: Away We Go Kit, Frame Hangers No 1, Notebook No 5 Paper Pack, Powder Mountain Element Pack, Almost There Element Pack, Flagged Dates No 5, Dragon Trainer Element Pack, Flossy Stitches – White by Katie Pertiet; These Walls Kit by One Little Bird Designs; Going Places Kit by One Little Bird Designs and The Ardent Sparrow; Thick Travel Words, Everyday 12 Inch Twill by Ali Edwards; Paper Piercing/Stitching Holes by Sahlin Studios; Naked Tape IT by Anna Aspnes, Mommyish: Stylin 82 Fabric.

A couple of thoughts on my process:

1) I read somewhere that an easy way to do layouts without photos was just to replace the photo with journaling. This layout was inspired by Lesson 1 in the Scrapbook Coach class “Shelf” Instead of a picture, I put a journaling block with a frame. When I saw the example layout I immediately thought of the cool map block stamps that I have in my collection and thought it would be a great way to use them.

2) At first I had my journaling in a typewriter font (my favorite VT Portable), but decided since it was my personal story that I’d use my handwriting font instead. I also made the font a bit bigger than usual (12pts instead of 11) because I wanted the journaling to be the focal point.

Save 60% off the Masterful Scrapbook Design Issue – Telling Stories


Another part of the CT Blog Hop celebration is 60% savings on selected archive issues of Masterful Scrapbook Design through Monday, June 3. Mine is Telling Stories. I was  excited when I was assigned this issue because (unknown to Amy who made the assignments) my layout was also inspired by the issue. In fact, I put the topic on my “to do” list while I was reading the seminar during my April travels. There was a subject on telling “the enduring stories” and the story in my layout is something I tell people often & one of the stories I brainstormed when I took a break from reading. 

*** Use the coupon code giscttsha60p to grab this issue for 60% off through Monday, June 3rd. ***

For more ideas and discounts from the Get It Scrapped Creative Team keep on hopping down (or, if you’re feeling rebellious, up) using the links below.

Get It Scrapped
Amy Kingsford
Sue Althouse
Michelle Houghton and Deborah Wagner
Marie-Pierre Capistran
Christy Strickler
*** Heather Awsumb *** (That’s me!)
Michelle Hernandez
Lise Mariann Alsli
Alexis Aragona
Kristy T
Stefanie Semple
Audrey Tan
Sian Fair
Brenda Becknell
Carrie Arick
Kiki Kougioumtzi
Tara McKernin
Susanne Brauer
Marcia Fortunato
Katie Scott
Rosann Santos-Elliott
Doris Sander
Celeste Smith

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My favorite part of Grandma’s 90th birthday party was looking through her scrapbooks. It gave me a new appreciation for what is already my favorite hobby. EVERYONE at the party stopped and looked through the books. It also made me really reflective about the importance of photo & storytelling. Personally I would rather document less but the more important stories than try to document everything. Grandma wasn’t focused on documenting her entire life in pictures & words and yet everyone still got so much out of what she had left.


Supplies: Hung Up Photo Frames No 9, Stamped Blocks No 24, Striping Graphic No 2, Doily Edgers No 1, Sweet Rose Element Pack, Ric Rac Basics No 1, Flossy Stitches White, Corkboard Alpha No 1, Day Out Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Rise and Shine Kit by One Little Bird Designs; Sunshine & Lollipops Kit by Zoe Pearn; I Heart Stories Brushes & Stamps by Ali Edwards.

One trick I used on this page was blending two background papers to get just the right amount of woodgrain. My original woodgrain paper was too strong so I put a solid piece of dark cream paper behind and then made the woodgrain paper at 50% opacity & it turned out just how I wanted.

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I have been creating a bunch of layout inspired by the Scrapbook Coach series from Debbie Hodge at Get It Scrapped.com. The class comes with one PDF as a reference with all the slides from the powerpoints in the video and then four video lessons. My process has been to watch the video then pick out some pictures and re-watch the video while I scrap along. What’s great, though, is that the lessons really give you a foundation to start from so you can copy it exactly or you can use it as an inspiration springboard. Here’s the first layout that I did that’s a direct copy (but with different supplies, of course) of one of the lessons in “On a Shelf”:



The “William Kit” by Katie Pertiet was new in my collection at the time and it happened to match the colors in my dress almost perfectly. The instructions were to choose another color that was not in the multi-colored patterned paper as an accent strip. Not only is blue/orange one of my all-time favorite color combos but it also worked perfectly with Lou’s pashmina.

Supplies: William Kit, Powder Mountain Element Pack and Woodside Jangle Element Pack by Katie Pertiet. Sisters Brushes & Stamps by Ali Edwards. This Moment Is Your Life by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. CircleIt! Basics Brushset by Anna Aspnes. Going Places Kit by One Little Bird Designs. Autumnal Spice Paper Pack by Andrea Victoria. Cut.It.Out Clipping Masks by Robyn Meierotto.

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Week 2’s assignment for my Guided Study Critique Workshop was to “make your journaling and title work an integral part of: 1) the visual design and 2) the story you are telling.” As I mentioned in my previous post, I found the assignment to be really difficult. Title work is NOT my forte. I think that I have a relatively good understanding of how to use different fonts but my titles are just not that wordy and don’t lend themselves to creative title work. I’d say that my average title is approximately 2 maybe 3 words long so there’s usually not much to do to ramp up the interest. Take the layout I created for this week:


For a long time in my design process all I had was “Belize Zoo” because … that’s where the pictures were taken. Hello Captain Obvious. One of the last things I did before finishing my page was to look through my brushes for something to spiff up the layout. That’s when I found the “adventure” brush by Ali Edwards. To that point I had “Belize Zoo” a bit smaller so that the journaling could be in a small block below it. When I found the brush that’s when I decided to go big with the title, add “adventure” on top of it as a sticker and then move my journaling to right side of the picture. Before adding “adventure” I figured I had a nice layout, but not something that fit the assignment. The new design, I thought, really elevated the use of typography AND it gave me more room for journaling so that I could tell more of the story than just the facts.

Typography wise I chose the alpha for “Belize Zoo” because it was a nice bold alpha that was pretty large but had a bit of additional interest with the dotted lines. Also, sanserif fonts are better for titles. The hand written “adventure” worked because it contrasted with the sanserif of the other font in the title. I used a type writer font (VT Portable Remington) on the labels because I thought in real life I would use a typewriter on labels like those and then I used a really plain font (Calibri) for my journaling because it was already somewhat difficult to read against the plants of the photo.

In the live critique sessions two big points came up:

1) That even though I had used a really plain font for the journaling it was still a bit tough to read. One of the instructors suggested blurring the background photo, which I did in the final product. The blurring is subtle but it makes a bit difference in the readability of the journaling. I just used my blur tool in PSE and went line-by-line to blend the background. It’s not something I’ve thought to do before but SUPER easy to do in digi scrapping. I will definitely do it again.

2) To move everything to the right and the red patterned paper strip to come out from behind the left side of the photo block. This improves the flow of the layout because previously the beak of the toucan was directing the viewers eye off the layout. Now it’s facing down towards the strip of paper and the red in the beak creates a visual triangle with the paper and the red in the title.  How spiffy! Here’s the final product:


Much better, right? Another minor change that I made was to make sure that I was using all shadowed stitches. One commenter (another digi scrapper) noticed that some of the stitching jumped off the page and others did not. I realized that I don’t always pay attention to whether I’m consistently using either shadowed or unshadowed stitching, but now I will!

I am so enjoying this class. Applying the topics are challenging and it really has me thinking hard about how to take my layouts to the next level. Next week … tension!

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